Dear MMD readers, you know and use the word "orchestrion". But what
does the word orchestrion mean to you? Is it a mechanical instrument
with a piano? With piano and percussion instruments? With organ,
piano and percussions?
Is the sort of system -- barrel [pinned cylinder], paper roll or
punched cards, mechanical or electric powered-- important with
this name "orchestrion"?
Thanks for your answer and best regards from France
[ A large organ with percussion, when it is played outdoors, is
[ generally called a fair organ, but inside a hall it's a dance organ
[ or (in a smaller room) a cafe organ. When playing at a carousel
[ it's a band organ or carousel organ. Confusing! Does the name
[ change when the facade or the case is changed? Does the name
[ change with the style of music played -- orchestra music vs.
[ military band music vs. popular dance music?
[ Art Reblitz wrote to me earlier this year: "The word orchestrion
[ originally was used for everything from little roller organs all
[ the way up to gigantic instruments. But standard usage of the word
[ orchestrion refers to a piano or organ with percussion."
[ Francoise says that in France a self-playing piano, with or without
[ percussion, is called <le piano mecanique>. -- Robbie